- Community Resource Division
Community Resource Division
South Salt Lake is home to thousands of residents and businesses, all of which present potential targets for crimes of opportunity.
Residents and business owners can prevent these crimes with the help of the following effective Business and Neighborhood Watch methods.
Most victims of crime do not realize that property crimes, such as burglary and theft, are generally crimes of opportunity. Criminals look for a door that can be easily opened and seek out dark loading docks that are left unattended. These situations make it easy for a criminal to commit these acts without being detected. By prioritizing safety and security, and taking necessary steps to secure your business, you will reduce these crimes of opportunity and the risks to your business, employees and customers. Contact Officer Britney Warner.
Sign up to our mailing list to receive information about upcoming Business Watch meetings.
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
We utilize concepts and strategies based on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). The CPTED approach outlines how proper design and effective use of the environment can lead to the reduction of crime and improvement in the quality of life. A CPTED review involves five overlapping principles. These include Natural Surveillance, Territorial Reinforcement, Natural Access Control, Maintenance, and Target Hardening.
For further information on CPTED principles and to schedule a review of your business, please fill out this form. Our Department would also like to provide you and your employees with the education and knowledge to reduce crime in your area. If you would like to set up a meeting with one of our officers to discuss security and safety for your business and employees, email Officer Britney Warner.
Download a copy of our Crime Prevention for Your Business Using CPTED (PDF) brochure. It includes ways to improve the safety of your employees and your property.
Also available to your business is a "Business Watch" window/door sticker. These stickers make the statement to your customers, employees, the police department, and criminals that you have taken the extra precautions to safeguard your business, and you, along with your neighboring businesses, are partnering to keep an eye out for suspicious and criminal behavior.
For additional assistance preventing crimes at your business, read our Crime Prevention Tips (PDF) document.
Neighborhood Watch is a great way to get to know your neighbors and to take an active role in the safety and security of your neighborhood. There are currently several established Neighborhood Watch groups throughout the City. To find out if there is a group meeting in your neighborhood, or to start up a new watch group, contact Officer Chad Keller at 801-412-3654.
Upcoming Neighborhood Watch Meetings
Sign up to be added to our mailing list to receive information about upcoming Neighborhood Watch meetings. For information on when and where the next Neighborhood Watch meeting is being held, call the Neighborhood Watch Hotline at 801-412-3668.
Download our brochure Crime Prevention for Your Home Using CPTED (PDF). It's full of suggestions on how you can improve the safety of your home through simple design and landscaping modifications.
Request a periodic check of your home, business or vacant property by the South Salt Lake Police Department. Once we have confirmed your request, either by phone or email, your property check will be activated. As calls for service allow, officers will stop by to check your property, either visually as they drive by or physically by walking around the perimeter and checking doors and windows.
Should a problem arise, we will contact you or another responsible party via the contact information provided on your form.
Crime-Free Rental Housing
As part of our focus on reducing crime in rental housing, we have a Crime Prevention Officer dedicated to working with managers and owners of rentals to prevent and eliminate criminal activity.
Officers are often only able to resolve criminal activity temporarily by making arrests, issuing citations, etc. However the roots of the problems are still occurring, and it is the Crime Prevention Officer's responsibility to identify and solve these problems. The Crime Prevention Officer position allows for a more proactive approach and the ability to get out in the community and interact with the citizens in a positive and friendly manner.
Good Landlord Program
The Good Landlord Program is a rental license incentive program available to landlords throughout South Salt Lake. The program is intended to educate landlords on management strategies to prevent crime, maintain equity and promote compatibility with surrounding neighborhoods. Landlords who participate in the City's Good Landlord Program receive a significant reduction in their annual rental license fees.
Homeless Resource Officers
Our Homeless Resource Officers work closely with the staff and residents at the Pamela Atkinson Resource Center (PARC) and surrounding area with homeless service providers and social workers to ensure positive outcomes for those experiencing homelessness.
In an effort to make visiting the South Salt Lake parks a more enjoyable experience for all, the South Salt Lake Police Department started the Safe Parks project. The aim of this project is to take a proactive approach to reducing criminal activity in our City parks, and to work with the community to gather information about suspicious activity. Local parks are a continual focus of proactive patrols by the police department, but park visitors are also asked to contact dispatch anytime they see any suspicious or criminal activity.
There are signs placed in each park for the Safe Parks Project as a reminder to report anything questionable. The City works to make the environment of our parks less conducive to criminal activity by clearing overgrown vegetation, increasing lighting, and reducing potential hiding spots.
To report suspicious or criminal activity at a park in South Salt Lake, call police dispatch at 801-840-4000.
To report maintenance, lighting or vegetation concerns, call SSL Connect at 801-464-6757.
Street Crimes Unit
The Street Crimes Unit (SCU) works under a philosophy geared towards the proactive investigation and enforcement of street crimes in general, with an emphasis on street-level narcotics violators and drug houses. Other areas of responsibility include gathering gang information, conducting special surveillance operations, weapons violations, prostitution, and other types of street crimes which can be proactively addressed by doing surveillance, using informants, serving search warrants, conducting undercover operations, buy/busts, reverse stings and any other investigations as directed by the Chief of Police. The unit works closely with members of the Crime Prevention Unit and Code Enforcement on nuisance houses and for intelligence gathering.
The SCU has open lines of communication with other agencies including AP&P, Metro Gangs, Fugitive Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force. The SCU actively solicits tips from the community, officers, and other agencies regarding suspected criminal activity of an ongoing nature.
Text a Tip to SSLPD
You can now send anonymous text and web tips to the South Salt Lake Police Department! To send an anonymous text tip:
- Text your tip to 274-637 (CRIMES).
- Start your text message with the keyword: SSLPD
- Within a minute, you will receive a text message with your alias. This confirms that your text message was received. The alias identifier is used by the officer to communicate with you, through text, regarding the tip you submitted.
- Remember, the officer does not know your identity or location.
You can also submit tips through the web. Tips submitted through the web are anonymous as well.
Drug Tip Line
The Drug Tip Line is monitored by the Street Crimes Unit on a daily basis.
If you have information on drug activity in the South Salt Lake community, call the Drug Tip Line at the number listed above. Leave pertinent information on the answering machine such as location, names, license plate numbers, descriptions, etc.